August 18, 2017, 11:10 pm
Hoop Ball Kings is proud to bring you a brand new series that we are rolling out in the lead up to the 2017-18 NBA season. Over the next two months we will be doing a roundtable series which involves all three of our writers here at Hoop Ball Kings. We’ll be discussing various topics including season projections for each player on the Kings roster, record predictions and more.
First and foremost, we will run through every player currently on the Kings roster and provide our personal predictions for their output this season.
To get things started, we begin with one of the newest Kings on the roster, George Hill. Hill signed a three-year, $57 million deal with Sacramento back in July after spending a season with the Utah Jazz. The 31-year-old posted averages of 16.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 31.5 minutes per game (49 games) on 47.7 percent shooting from the field (40.3 from three). He was held back due to injuries for most of last season but when he was healthy he was one of the best players on the floor. Hill’s going to be a veteran leader for the Kings next season, but how well will he perform production-wise?
Stat-line Prediction: 18.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks. 44.8% FG, 38.5% 3PT, 82% FT.
Hill will begin the season as the starting point guard for Sacramento and will be leaned on heavily. He has a great chance to be the Kings’ MVP this season too if he can stay healthy, however, staying healthy has been a struggle for him of late. We’ll know fairly early on in the season how Dave Joerger plans to use Hill but odds are he comes right out of the gate as the go to guy on offense.
He very well could end up scoring more than this, but he may also end up taking a backseat to De’Aaron Fox at some stage; a move which would obviously dampen Hill’s production. Either way, when Hill’s on the court for Sacramento, odds are he will be productive and reliable which is exactly what the Kings ask of him.
Stat-line Prediction: 16.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks. 44.2% FG, 37% 3PT, 83% FT.
Hill joins the Kings after having one of the best statistical seasons of his career. However, I don’t believe he matches many of the numbers he’s had in the past as he’s just crossed over the 30-year-old mark. Also, a big ‘what-if’ is the progression of rookie De’Aaron Fox. If Fox becomes a leader of the team, it wouldn’t surprise me if Hill’s numbers take a hit.
Stat-line Prediction: 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks. 47.5% FG, 37% 3PT, 80% FT.
George Hill will likely be asked to be the primary option on offense to start the season, and his history would suggest that he’s more than capable of that. Hill led the Pacers in points per game during the 2014-15 season and was extremely efficient despite a lack of offensive talent around him.
He had a career-high 8.9 assists per-100 possessions that season while also scoring a career-high 28.1 points per-100 possessions, a total that he matched last year with the Jazz. While the team will likely try to give more minutes to De’Aaron Fox as the season goes on, Hill will still be asked to run the offense quite a bit and probably won’t dip below 30 minutes per game at any point.
February 26, 2020, 1:47 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric will start Wednesday's game due to the injury to Kelly Oubre Jr.
Saric scored 14 points in only 16 minutes on Monday. Sporadic usage has really hurt his fantasy value, but he could be a decent DFS play against the Clippers.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:44 pmNorvel PelleC, Philadelphia Sixers
Norvel Pelle will miss Wednesday's game due to illness.
It's an upper respiratory ailment. Pelle has rebounding and shot blocking ability but simply doesn't play enough to hold fantasy value.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:42 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon (bruised right knee) will not play during Wednesday's game.
Gordon was forced to leave Monday's game early. Ben McLemore should be the primary beneficiary of his absence.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:39 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond (left calf strain) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game.
It has not been a smooth transition for Drummond after being traded to the Cavs.
Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and Larry Nance Jr. could each receive a small bump in playing time against the Sixers. Cedi Osman will likely be relied upon more as well.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 26, 2020, 1:31 pmDraymond GreenPF, Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green (right pelvic contusion) is expected to play during Thursday's game against the Lakers.
His return could mean fewer minutes for Kevon Looney and Eric Paschall. The Warriors have been very conservative with Green this season but he's worth owning for the rebounds, assists, and steals.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
February 26, 2020, 1:17 pmEdmond SumnerPG, Indiana Pacers
Edmond Sumner (sore left hip) is considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Blazers.
Sumner hasn't played since February 8. He's not worth owning in fantasy.
Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:08 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo (sore lower back) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game.
Oladipo hasn't played since leaving Friday's game but hopefully won't be out for much longer. He has struggled with his shot so far, but that can be expected after missing so much time. Aaron Holiday played 30 minutes on Tuesday in his absence.
Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 12:30 pmDe'Andre HunterSF, Atlanta Hawks
De'Andre Hunter (right ankle sprain) is not on the injury report and is expected to play during Wednesday's game.
Hunter had previously been listed as probable. He has averaged 13.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 steals in his last ten contests.
Source: Atlanta Hawks on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 12:19 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young (illness) is considered questionable for Wednesday's game.
Young has been experiencing flu-like symptoms. While nobody on the roster can adequately fill his shoes, Jeff Teague is likely to fill in if Young takes the night off.
Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 11:52 amCoby WhitePG, Chicago Bulls
Coby White has been stellar in his last three games, but Jim Boylen wants him focusing on defense, as well as to what he’s been doing on the offensive end, and that’s why starting is not an option right now.
White has been on fire of late, averaging 33.7 points (on 57.4 percent shooting), 5.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists while also knocking down 6.0 3-pointers per game on 58.1 percent. This kind of production is defining not sustainable while Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter Jr. are expected back soon but you should enjoy the current hot streak.